Lid-free cups are an innovative new way of enjoying your beverages, cold & hot, without creating plastic pollution created by plastic lids & straws. In this blog, we got talking with our team about our Lid-free cup, its qualities & different lining options.
What are Lid-Free Cups?
Lid-free cups are what the name suggests, a disposable cup for hot and cold snacks & beverages without any lids to cover it. Cup lids are one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution because of their lightweight. So, the idea behind the lid-free cup is to eliminate lids cutting down the material needed. It also reduces cost; no more lids and frees up warehouse space.
We are one of the very few brands in the world with a license to manufacture them.
What are Lid-free cups made of?
Lid-free cups are made of Paper with internal cup linings. Currently, we have cups with PLA, PE, and BioPBS linings.
What does the internal cup lining mean?
Internal Cup linings are essentially a barrier to prevent liquids from seeping out. Paper is a permeable material and thus needs internal linings to strengthen the cup, prevent leakages, and provide additional insulation.
What is the difference between the three linings, PLA, PE, and BioPBS?
The main difference is the material; PLA and BioPBS are plastic FREE whereas PE is Plastic. In terms of functionality, there is no major difference as they all prevent leakages perfectly and provide insulation. However, if we rate them in terms of eco-friendliness, BioPBS lining would have the highest score because it is compostable, recyclable, and biodegradable on top of being BioBased. PLA is also Biobased but only Industrial compostable.
PE is a petroleum-based plastic lining and it’s difficult to separate it from the paper, and thus harder to recycle. It will mostly be discarded in a landfill where the paper will degrade quickly but not the PE lining which will take much more time.
Is one better than the others?
Definitely BioPBS; it’s the only lining that home compost, is recyclable and landfill biodegradable. It offers all the convenience of a plastic cup without harming the environment. It’s a complete win-win product.
Any concluding note on sustainability and Lid-free cups?
I would finish here by saying that our main challenge in going sustainable isn’t in material options or innovations but rather in changing people’s mentality and habits to welcome new types of products and educate people on how best to discard all the different materials.
If all of us could start being more mindful of our environment and adaptive to new & eco-friendly solutions, we can definitely make a difference for ourselves as well as our future generations.
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